From The Daily Beast: “With so much focus on the black experience in America in the 19th century, we might never consider the black experience in Europe at the same time. Vladimir Alexandrov’s The Black Russian rectifies this oversight, and does so with panache. His tale is the biography of an individual who is wholly remarkable, regardless of race, and whose vitality, guile, and charm led him from Mississippi to Moscow, with plenty of adventures along the way.”
We’re thrilled that Vladimir Alexandrov’s THE BLACK RUSSIAN is receiving the critical acclaim it deserves. The San Francisco Chronicle recently gave this biography a great review, drawing interesting comparisons between Frederick Bruce Thomas and Ellison’s Invisible Man. You can read the full review here: San Francisco Chronicle/books.
The Cleveland Plain Dealer loves THE BLACK RUSSIAN:
“Although Alexandrov constructed this vessel with sturdy timbers of historical research, it sails lightly on a swift narrative current that transports us from Reconstruction Mississippi to Memphis, New York City, London, Paris, Moscow and, finally, Constantinople. . . . Alexandrov excels at recreating the various worlds Thomas inhabited — from his restricted existence during Reconstruction to his glittering fast-lane life on the Continent.
. . . What [Thomas’] life illustrates, as Alexandrov skillfully and gracefully shows, is that when people are unshackled from slaveries – of whatever sort – freedom’s buoyancy can lift them to surprising heights, can offer miraculous views.”
-Cleveland Plain Dealer